Happy 41st Birthday, Matt

Happy 41st Birthday, Matt

About This Campaign

December 1st would have been Matthew Shepard’s 41st birthday. Can you imagine where he would be and what he would be doing, had he had the chance? What family he may have had? What profession or career? We know he would be helping shape social policy and taking on the big issues facing the LGBTQ community today. We know he would be part of the resistance right now.

When he was younger, he had asked his mother Judy if she thought that they would see same-sex marriage happen in their lifetimes.

“Not in mine, but probably in yours,” she told him.

The irony isn’t lost on us, either.

We ask you to help us celebrate what would have been Matthew Shepard’s 41st birthday. Can you donate $41, or even $410 today?

The Matthew Shepard Foundation

Campaign to Support The Matthew Shepard Foundation

In a diverse approach to Erase Hate, the Foundation focuses its efforts ranging anywhere from theater stages and local law enforcement agencies, to online resource centers and embassies around the world.


Over the last 19 years, we have seen strides that Matt never thought imaginable in 1998:

  • A national hate crimes bill named for him and signed by the President

  • Same-sex marriage and the fall of DOMA

  • The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and countless other progressions in the military that still stand today

  • Health care reform, allowing the most vulnerable people in our community to get the healthcare they need

  • Countless out-LGBTQ people in political office

Today, we want to take a moment to remember and celebrate the victories and accomplishments over the last 19 years. With that in mind, we also look ahead to the work we must continue to do. Not just for Matt, but for any child who has been bullied at school for being different, for any person who has felt unsafe walking home from the bar, for those most vulnerable members of our community.